It’s very likely that Sweeney needs to make a trade to adapt new contracts to the budding superstar McAvoy and the young stay at home defenseman Carlo, and the question now is will it be a transfer that doesn’t drastically alter the two cores or will he have to move an integral cog in their lineup?
Sweeney was feverishly trying to maneuver veteran fourth line forward David Backes and the two years with a $6 million cap hit per season left on his contract. The major issue right now isn’t that no team will take on that contract but the asking cost to do this is the Bruins include a first-round choice to sweeten the blow. With 2020 expected to be among the better drafts lately, Sweeney – like most GM’s – is reluctant to associate with a first rounder.
So unless he can move the likes of defenseman Kevan Miller who is entering his walk year with a $2.5 million cap hit, or defenseman John Moore, who has four years in $2.7 million left, then Sweeney will either have to perform bridge deals with McAvoy and Carlo or move a participant like Krejci, who has 2 years left at $7.2 million. How Sweeney finagles himself out of the pickle is something to keep an eye on when debating whether or not to go large on the Bruins to win it all in 2019-20. Would the Boston Bruins be destined for another chance at the Stanley Cup? Can they win it this time?
For those who only follow me , I have been covering the Boston Bruins for 16 of the last 18 seasons. I recently coated their conduct to Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup they dropped to the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins are currently +1000 to win that final game and eventually become Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in fourteen days. Are they value a future bet for you? In +1000, yes they are, but I’m here to let you know why they are and why they may not pay off come next June.
The Bruins can win against the 2020 Stanley Cup if general director Don Sweeney can pull some salary limit magical. As of now, the Bruins still have childhood cores and their veteran intact. Yes, they dropped forward Marcus Johansson – who had been enormous at the Stanley Cup playoffs for them – and Noel Acciari to unrestricted free agency, but also the veteran team of forward Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, in addition to goalie Tuukka Rask, stay intact. Sweeney was recently able to avoid arbitration with 24-year old restricted free agent forward Danton Heinen, signing him to a two-year deal worth $5.8 million. But, Sweeney now has to lock his two primary staying RFA’s in defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and he only has $8.1 million to do so.
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